Disaster relief and disaster preparedness
We partner with GIVIT to support Queensland communities in the aftermath of natural disasters. We also partner with the Foundation for Rural Regional Renewal (FRRR) to support local community organisations to plan, prepare and reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Starting again, after a natural disaster isn’t easy. Our partnership with GIVIT enables us to provide immediate assistance to those most in need following a natural disaster here in Queensland.
When a disaster strikes, we make a special donation to that community on behalf of the Freemasons of Queensland through GIVIT. We also open a Disaster Relief Appeal donation page on our website so our Members and their families can make a financial contribution if they can.
GIVIT distributes 100% of donations, quickly, through local community organisations. These organisations assess individuals’ needs and let GIVIT know what’s needed.
Where possible essential supplies are purchased locally so the donation also helps local businesses. Vouchers for groceries, clothing and other essentials are provided so people get exactly what they need.
GIVIT is a Queensland based not-for-profit and is one of the Queensland Government’s disaster relief coordinators.
Check if your local community organisation is registered with GIVIT. If not encourage them to see if they are eligible, so that support made possible by our partnership with GIVIT can flow through to people in your community, in their time of need. Registration is free. Go to: www.givit.org.au/sign-up
Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal
Supporting communities to build resilience to future disaster is equally important. We partner with the Foundation for Rural Regional Renewal (FRRR) to support local communities in Queensland to prepare and plan their response to future disasters and put in place mitigations that will reduce the impact if disaster strikes.
The Strengthening Rural Communities grants program is administered by FRRR for local community organisations in regional and remote communities across Queensland. Hand Heart Pocket has donated $112,500 towards this program.
Applications to FRRR are taken year-round and community organisations can apply for grants of up to $25,000 to bring community-led initiatives to fruition like:
– building community capability through first aid training, disaster management arrangements training, leadership in disasters etc
– making sure generator or battery power is available during evacuations
– encouraging tourism back to areas recently recovered from a disaster
For more information and to apply go to frrr.org.au/funding/place/src-prepare-recover/
Have questions? Contact the Hand Heart Pocket office on 07 3493 6000 or email@example.com during business hours and the team will be able to help you
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